Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

A Design-Led Approach

1st Edition - August 18, 2023

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  • Authors: Michael Ashby, Hugh Shercliff, David Cebon
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081023990

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Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering: A Design-Led Approach is ideal for a first course in materials for mechanical, civil, biomedical, aerospace and other engineering disciplines. The authors’ systematic method includes first analyzing and selecting properties to match materials to design through the use of real-world case studies and then examining the science behind the material properties to better engage students whose jobs will be centered on design or applied industrial research. As with Ashby’s other leading texts, the book emphasizes visual communication through material property charts and numerous schematics better illustrate the origins of properties, their manipulation and fundamental limits.

Key Features

  • Present a design-led approach that motivates and engages students in the study of materials science and engineering through real-life case studies
  • Incorporates highly visual, full color graphics to facilitate a further understanding of materials concepts and properties
  • Provides chapters on materials selection and design that are integrated with chapters on materials fundamentals, enabling students to see how specific fundamentals can be important to the design process
  • Includes a solutions manual, lecture slides, online image bank and materials selection charts for use in class handouts or lecture presentations


Undergraduate materials, mechanical, chemical, civil & aeronautical engineering students taking a first course in materials

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Materials - history and character
    2. Family trees: Organising materials and processes
    3. Strategic thinking: Matching material to design
    4. Stiffness and weight: Density and elastic moduli

    GL Unit 1: Simple ideas of crystallography
    5. Flex, sag and wobble: Stiffness-limited design
    6. Beyond elasticity: Plasticity, yielding and ductility
    7. Bend and crush: Strength-limited design
    8. Fracture and fracture toughness
    9. Shake, rattle and roll: Cyclic loading, damage and Failure
    10. Keeping it all together: Fracture-limited design
    11. Rub, slither and seize: Friction and wear
    12. Agitated atoms: Materials and heat
    13. Running hot: Using materials at high Temperatures
    14. Durability: Oxidation, corrosion, degradation
    15. Functional Materials
    15. Heat, beat, stick and polish: Manufacturing Processes
    16. Follow the recipe: Processing and properties

    Guided Learning Unit 2: Phase diagrams and phase Transformations
    17. Materials, processes and the environment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 704
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2023
  • Published: August 18, 2023
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081023990

About the Authors

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby
Mike Ashby is one of the world’s foremost authorities on materials selection. He is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, Materials and Sustainable Development, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also co-author of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

Hugh Shercliff

Hugh Shercliff
Hugh Shercliff is a Senior Lecturer in Materials in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is a co-author of Michael Ashby's Materials, Third Edition (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013), and a contributor on aluMATTER, an e-learning website for engineers and researchers sponsored by the European Aluminium Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Materials, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

David Cebon

David Cebon is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge University in the UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

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